Jan 21, 2009 News
– bandits escape with cash, jewellery and shotgun
The peace and tranquility of the Letter T Estate, at Mahaicony, were shattered at around midday yesterday when three armed bandits stormed the home of the estate manager, shooting him dead and robbing his wife of a quantity of cash and jewellery.
Muneshwar Paragass, 31, who was employed with the estate owned by a former senior GuySuCo official, was shot in his chest at point blank range from the blast of a shotgun.
His body tumbled down the front stairs of his house and lay sprawled on the concrete below in a pool of blood.
The bandits also reportedly stole Paragass’s shotgun before making good their escape.
So far, the police have not yet arrested anyone, although they used a tracker dog to aid them in apprehending the suspects.
In a press release, police stated that they are investigating the murder, which occurred at about 11:55 hours yesterday.
The police said that their investigations have so far revealed that Paragass, along with his wife, Shirmattie, and his son, was at home on the estate when they were alerted to the presence of others by their dogs barking.
It is reported that Muneshwar Paragass went outside to check, and his wife then heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming.
She was later confronted in the house by three men, two of whom were armed with firearms and the other with a cutlass. They tied her up and took away $30,000 in cash, a quantity of jewellery and a licensed 12-gauge shotgun before escaping.
Shirmattie later managed to free herself, and on checking found that her husband Paragass had been shot in his chest and had died.
A relative of the dead man related that the couple, who lived in an isolated house on the estate, had just put their one-year-old son to sleep when someone called out to Paragass by his name.
According to the relative, upon opening the door to see who it was, Paragass was instantly shot, but he still managed to call out to his wife, who hid herself in a bedroom.
The bandits then entered the house and proceeded to kick down the bedroom door to get to the woman.
Upon succeeding, they demanded cash and jewellery before tying up the woman.
“They put the gun to the baby head and threatened to shoot him,” the relative told this newspaper.
The men shattered the door of a wardrobe and took whatever cash and jewellery they had found.
They relieved Shirmattie Paragass of the jewellery she had on her person, and even took those that her dead husband was wearing.
After the bandits left, the woman managed to free herself, and first contacted relatives, who subsequently informed the police.
When this newspaper arrived at the scene, Paragass’s body, which was lying at the foot of the stairs, was covered with a bed sheet and scores of persons had converged to console grieving relatives.
The dead man’s wife was too distraught to be interviewed by this newspaper.
“It had to be people who knew him, because they called him by his name,” said one relative.
Dawn Oudit, the wife of the owner of the estate, which is located some 45 miles from the capital, told this newspaper that they received the news of Paragass’s death while they were in Georgetown, and they immediately travelled to the scene.
She described Paragass as a hard working individual who was very willing.
“He’s been with us for 17 years, just out of high school. He started out as an accounts clerk and worked his way up, taking care of the estate,” Mrs. Oudit said.
Meanwhile, employees of the Stabroek News, who were on their way to the murder scene, got a slight scare when the car they were travelling in collided with a cow on the Greenfield Public Road.
According to reports, the cow emerged from a cross street and ran into the path of the Stabroek News vehicle.
There was nothing the driver could do to avoid the collision.
Fortunately, no one was injured, but the staff members were forced to hire a taxi to continue their journey.
The cow was subsequently impounded.
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